By Tyla Gabriel, Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor
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RESEARCH: Dandelion leaf extract blocks spike proteins from binding to the ACE2 cell surface receptor
The engineered spike proteins from SARS-CoV-2 can be STOPPED by a common “weed” that is exterminated from lawns every year. A German university study found that the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) can block spike proteins from binding to the ACE2 cell surface receptors in human lung and kidney cells. The water-based dandelion extract, taken from the plant’s dried leaves, was effective against spike protein D614 and a host of mutant strains, including D614G, N501Y, K417N and E484K.
Do you know how easy it is to make dandelion teas, tinctures, decoctions and infusions? Dandelion grows just about anywhere. When I went on my walk this morning, I pulled a few handfuls of this dandy weed and put them in a sink of water for cleaning and sorting.
Then I picked out the dirt, rocks, and other weeds and rinsed them thoroughly in a colander.
You could stop right here and make an infusion (tea) by taking freshly cut leaves and steeping them for 30 minutes in hot water. Recommended use as a tea is to drink cold, hot, or warm 6 ounces 3 -4 times a day.
We prefer making dandelion into a potent tincture so we chopped up the leaves, stems, and flowers in the food processor.
Put the finely cut or ground herb into a jar and press down to compact, but not too tightly. Pour 100% Vodka, Brandy, Rum or other good quality spirits over the herb until they are fully saturated. Some states/countries do not permit the sale of 100% proof alcohol, so use the highest percentage that you can find. In Michigan, we are limited to 80% proof.
Place a lid on your mixture and place the jar in a sunny, warm place. I like to use my seed germination station that has a germination heating pad and a sunny window. Any sunny warm window will work. Let the mixture brew naturally for 2 weeks. Stir or shake twice every day.
After two weeks, strain off the liquid through wire mesh or a colander and squeeze as much of the menstruum as possible out of the herb pulp. Then filter one more time using unbleached coffee filter paper or cheesecloth.
Store in a dark, cool place.
Pour tincture into small dark amber glass bottles (with a dropper cap) for day-to-day use. Make sure to label the bottles with the herb name and store in a cool, dark cabinet until needed. Labeling is important as this process can be used to make any herb tincture and once brewed and bottled, they all look the same.
You can also make herb tinctures with cold-pressed grapeseed oil, substituting the alcohol with oil. This is called a cold infusion method. This can be used if you cannot tolerate alcohol drops.
Recommended use for tinctures is 1/2 – 1 teaspoon, 3-4 times daily. Place drops in water or juice to dilute the alcohol, yet keep the healing quality of the tincture.
If you can’t find dandelion, you can purchase dry leaves at health food stores or order online. My favorite place for ordering dried herbs is: Frontier Co-op. All parts of the dandelion are great natural remedies – the roots, leaves, stems, and flowers.
While you are here, don’t forget to keep colloidal silver water brewing in your kitchen with Tyla’s easy recipe. The only difficult part is gathering your supplies, but once you have done that, you can make gallons and gallons of this natural infection-fighter that the FDA tries to keep you from using or making.
To discover all the ways you can use silver water, check out Steve Barwick’s website: https://thesilveredge.com